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Van Gogh is back home…

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Vincent van Gogh

Masterpieces stolen from Amsterdam in daring heist 14 years ago turn up in Italian mafia’s country mansion

The works, “Congregation Leaving the Reformed Church in Nuene” painted in 1884-85 and “View of the Sea at Scheveningen” in 1882, are both from the early period of the painter’s short career.

The works were recovered from the Naples mafia, they said.

The Van Gogh museum in Amsterdam said the works were found during a “massive, continuing investigation” by Italian prosecutors and organised crime officials.

Vincent Van Gogh (1853-1890) is widely considered the greatest Dutch artist after Rembrand.

Visit van Gogh Museum

Step into Van Gogh’s world.Explore the world’s largest collection of Works by Vincent Van Gogh at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam.

Skip the line, get your tickets online!

https://www.vangoghmuseum.nl/en

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/09/30/van-gogh-paintings-discovered-in-italy-14-years-after-they-were/

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-37516164

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Tea Culture Worldwide – Europeans whom have made tea history

Through the most important tea destinations

“Tea is an amazing drink. It has started wars, formed the economic backbone of several countries, is drunk on every continent and is now being hailed as a drink that can even extend life itself. Whatever it is, for me it is one of life’s essentials”.

Giles Hilton – Master of tea

Europeans that have made the tea's history
Sir Thomas Lipton (1850-1931)
Sir Thomas Lipton (1850-1931)

Sir Thomas Lipton (1850-1931)

Madame de la Sabliere in 18th century the suspected custom of taking tea with milk is attributed to her.
Madame de la Sabliere in the 18th century the suspected custom of taking tea with milk is attributed to her.
Madame de la Sabliere
Madame de la Sabliere in 18th century, 
the suspected custom of taking tea with milk is attributed to her.

Visit Whittard of Chelsea and the Twinings store at the Strand, London.

Short distance walking from Trafalgar Square. A must for tea lovers!

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Twinning’s shop in London. Love it!
The tea influencer in England by the Portuguese Catarina de Bragança.
The tea influence in England by the Portuguese Catarina de Bragança.

The tea influence in England by the Portuguese Catarina de Bragança.

Infuse…help yourself with a cup of tea…Gorreana, the only tea plantation in Europe! Gorreana, in São Miguel, at the amazing Archipelago of Azores. Masala Chai Tea in India, all sorts of tea in China, from white to blue.The traditional Moroccan Mint Tea.Black tea with milk in the UK.The Japanese ceremony and its culture. The historical sights in China, the tea tours in the U.S.

10 Tea Traditions Worldwide and Tea Consumption!

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Chinese Porcelain

The little Book of Tea

Flammarion presents its series of informative, richly illustrated guides, covering lifestyle and cultural topics. Find out everything you want to know about your favorite subject in one handy volume:

Tea

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Where are we?! Sweden?…

Sweden: Inventing tomorrow's world

#dynamite #nobel #innovation #eu#visit#abba#national#vasa#museums

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Stockholm our way!

If you plan a visit to Stockholm either on business or holiday carry on reading. We will provide you with many contacts and top attractions. The best tip we can give is “get the city card”. Take advantage by visiting the Tourist Information at http://www.gallerian.se Be ready for adventure, Stockholm has a lot to offer. Rent your SEGWAY, let the locals guide you within private TOURS by foot and by bike. Book at http://www.stockolmourway.com Top: visit GAMLA STAN and do the Ghost Walk. Have a look at http://www.citywalkz.se Classic Boat tours can be booked online at http://www.stockolminfo.se or onboard, Nybrokajen! And at last but not the least for ” today in Stockholm ” a must: get many tastes of Sweden.

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A big hello from the Swedish Institute

Let’s visit Stockholm, shall we?

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Swedish Innovations: Skype and Spotify, Swedish Brain Power, Formation Flying in Space, From Oxygen to Dynamite, Metro – a Swedish Idea that changed the world

 

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Gustave Eiffel meets Porto!

European Best Destination 2014

This is one of Europe’s oldest tourist destinations, its wealth of artistic heritage, Port Wine, open-air leisure spaces and cultural life are just some of the reasons to visit this city. With a unique and dazzling landscape, the Upper Douro wine region is one of the places considered World Heritage by UNESCO. Go and discover the land where the famous Port Wine is produced.

Porto’s Short Tour: Highlights

Wander the streets of medieval Porto, from which both the country and the fortified wine take their name. Its wonderfully preserved architecture has earned it UNESCO World Heritage site status.

  • Torre dos Clérigos
  • Museum “História Natural UP”
  • Igreja das Carmelitas

A seventeenth-century church whose classical façade dates from the 1850s. The project has been attributed to the architect/painter Nicolau Nasoni. The altarpiece, of Porto rococo style, was considered to be a stylistically revolutionary piece. Building designated national monument.

 

Wine Spot

Porto, standing in a commanding position at the mouth of the Douro River, you can visit Vila Nova de Gaia, the heart of the Port Wine industry, served by terraced vineyards lining the slopes inland along the Douro Valley. The history of Porto wine connects the Portuguese and the British people and as far as we know they remain friends. The history of this liaison is worth reading and a deep research…

Port Wine Caves in Gaia

One of the Port Cellars in Vila Nova de Gaia
For the Ultimate Port Experience visit Taylor’s Port Cellars.

The Essence of Portugal

The Ways

There is a vast network of pilgrimage roads and paths to the shrine of the apostle St. James which snake and consolidate themselves throughout almost the whole of Europe and have led to a set of globally recognised ‘ways’, such as: the Primitive Way, the French Way, the Via de la Plata, the English Way, the Northern Way, the Route of the Sea of Arousa and River Ulla, the Fisterra-Muxía Way and the Portuguese Way.

Tradition in Porto

The Porto inhabitants love to recreate traditions and customs, recovering old practices and ways of living. The popular festivals, food and wine are always part of the collective celebration of these traditions, as a call for everyone to join in …

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The bridge Don Luís I

Livraria Lello

Visit the bookshop. The history of the library is also the history of brothers Lello who opened the shop in 1906.

 

Estação de São Bento (Railway)

The S. Bento Railway Station was built at the beginning of the twentieth century on the exact location of the former Convent of S. Bento de Avé-Maria. The glass and iron structure was designed by the architect Marques da Silva. The vestibule is adorned with twenty thousand tiles painted by Jorge Colaço that illustrate the transport evolution and events of Portuguese history and life.

Sé Catedral

Construction dating from the twelfth/thirteenth century, in Romanesque style, that has been enlarged and renewed over the years up to its final setting, in the twentieth century, resulting in an idealized reconstitution of the medieval cathedral. Special mention goes to: the Gothic São João Evangelista Chapel and the cloister, from the fourteenth century; the enlargement of the main chapel, the Santíssimo Sacramento Chapel and its silver altar, from the eighteenth century (mannerist); the eighteenth century Baroque frescos in the main chapel and the sacristy, by Nicolau Nasoni, and the tiles in the cloister, by Vital Rifarto; the sculpture in the Baptism Chapel, by Teixeira Lopes (father) from the nineteenth century.

Muralha Fernandina

Majestic Café

Mosteiro S. Bento da Vitória

At the very heart of Porto, in Vitória parish, the São Bento da Vitória Monastery – a classified National Monument since 1977 – is one of the municipality’s most important religious buildings.

Under the auspices of Porto 2001 – European Capital of Culture, the Major Cloister was covered with an acoustic shell, a steel structure on four pillars, and received a wooden floor. In 2007, the Portuguese State conceded the TNSJ an important part of the building, which now hosts theatre shows, concerts and special events in the TNSJ’s programming, besides various events organized by outside institutions.

Gustave Eiffel designed Porto’s Maria Pia Bridge, opened in 1877, across a gorge in the Douro.The modern road bridge crosses the river beyond.

If you’re planning a visit to Porto, you must sample, at least “francesinha” and “Rojões” and because Douro Valley is the only producer of “Vinho Verde” have at least a glass of wine!

Useful sources:

Tourism Porto 

Europes Rising Star Porto & Douro Valley Photos traveller

Maria Pia Bridge, opened in 1877, across a gorge in the Douro. The modern road bridge crosses the river beyond.

Market Ferreira Borges

S. Francisco Church

Palácio da Bolsa

Download into your phone “El Guide” Oporto City Guide

Estadio do Dragao ( FC Porto stadium). Go along the rails of the history of Porto from the past to the present in a singular exhibition. Take the best of life, travel to Porto!

Upper Douro wine region – UNESCO

# 6 curiosities of Europeans that became famous!

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Did you know that…

Napoleon was French and born in Ajjacio at the island of Corsega?!

Mother Teresa of Calcutta was born at the Republique of Macedonia?!

Leonardo Da Vinci was a cooker?!

Christopher Columbus lived in Porto Santo, the first island in the Madeiran archipelago to be settled?!

Pedro Alvares Cabral, the portuguese, discovered Brazil?!

Catharina of Braganza (Dona Catarina de Bragança) influence the tea culture in England?!

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